College Town: Becker hosts refugee entrepreneur event

January 30, 2018
Telegram and Gazette
 

"Starting a new business is challenging enough, but doing it in a new country is even more daunting, especially for refugees who have fled their homelands.

The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College is hosting an information session for newcomers who have a great idea and want to start their own business in Worcester from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 (snow date Feb. 28) at Becker’s Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 80 William St., first floor, Worcester.

Local refugee entrepreneurs who have already successfully launched their own businesses will share their successes and challenges with attendees. A tailor, a cellphone repair shop owner and restaurateurs are among those who will present their stories.

Becker business professors and business students will offer advice and assist with business development ideas. Planning for the first-ever refugee entrepreneurship networking group in Central Massachusetts will also take place during the event.

Becker has partnered with Ascentria Care Alliance, one of three agencies in the area that help resettle refugees, to assist refugee entrepreneurs, said Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, executive director for global initiatives and the Yunus Social Business Centre.

'Part of the purpose in all of this is to really highlight and showcase refugee entrepreneurs in Worcester,' Ms. Pallatto-Fontaine said."

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